Interning on a Modest Budget

So you've decided that this is the time to get a jumpstart on your career. A worthy investment, of course, but investment may just be the key word. Paid summer internships for college students are less common than unpaid summer internships. That is why we do our best to offer scholarships in the form of housing or a scholarship to assist with the experience (airfare, housing, etc.). It's totally worth it, but your investment of time and the allocation of funds need to be addressed before you start the application process to become an intern. And once the finances have been addressed you will be free to focus on the important stuff—like figuring out your future.

Scholarship Resources

We are pleased that you are interested in learning about scholarship opportunities at Texas A&M University. Scholarships are a great source of funding for higher education. We encourage you to apply with many organizations and scholarship providers in addition to the Texas A&M scholarships. Please use this website as a resource. Although many opportunities are presented on this website, we encourage you to seek scholarships from other sources as well.

Texas A&M University Resources 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Texas A&M University offers many financial aid options to help you pay for college costs. Within this site you will find information about applying for financial assistance, costs, types of aid and more. Scholarships and Financial Aid Office | 979. 845.3236

Study Abroad Office

It is highly unlikely that any one source of funding will pay for your entire international experience.  Start early and be realistic when addressing your funding needs. Being honest with yourself and utilizing all of your resources is the first step to successfully funding your international experience. To help you get started, utilize this Study Abroad Financial Planning Worksheet to calculate your total program related expenses and anticipated sources of funding. Study Abroad Program Funding Your Program | 979.845.0544 

National Fellowships

National fellowships (or national scholarships) are an extremely prestigious and competitive group of awards that can offer scholarship funds as well as opportunities for study abroad, postgraduate work, and/or internships. Most of these awards are nationally competitive, meaning eligible students from any accredited school may apply. Many prestigious fellowships require that students be nominated by the University. Students interested in applying for National Scholarships and Fellowships should work closely with advisors and faculty to develop a long-term strategy for personal, professional, and academic development.

Some National Fellowships that may relate or connect to PPIP students include:

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a unique global network of policy research centers in Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Our mission, dating back more than a century, is to advance the cause of peace through analysis and development of fresh policy ideas and direct engagement and collaboration with decisionmakers in government, business, and civil society. Working together, our centers bring the inestimable benefit of multiple national viewpoints to bilateral, regional, and global issues. Each year the endowment offers approximately 10-12 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie junior fellows work as research assistants to the endowment's senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration. 

Udall Scholarship, $7K for Students with interests in Environment, Native American Policy and Health Care recognizes the achievements of and supports those students committed to a careers related to the environment OR tribal public policy OR Native American health care.
Truman Scholarship, $30K for Students Pursuing Public Service Careers is the federal memorial to our thirty-third President - awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

Learn more about these and other National Fellowships as well as their applicable deadlines.

External Resources 

A prize of two thousand dollars will be awarded to one or more college or university students involved in public service. The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Visit the site to learn how to apply and to see a list of previous recipients. J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund |

Research and inquire about nonprofit, religious, business, or community/civic based organizations that might provide funding through grants or scholarships. Ask if your family members’ places of employment offer benefits that include scholarship or grant opportunities for college students. Consider working in a paying job part-time to earn money to help finance an unpaid experience.